Would you like to improve the outcomes for young people who have been in care?
Would you like to support young people to build bright and stable futures for themselves?
Would you like to spend every day at work knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of marginalised young people?
If yes, we have the perfect role for you!
Our Future First Care Leavers Service are looking to recruit full-time permanent Personal Advisors to join our Wandsworth leaving care team at Wandsworth Children’s Social Care and play a central role in achieving positive outcomes for young people!
What does the team do?
The Wandsworth leaving care team support young people aged 16-25 who have been in the care of Wandsworth Borough Council, under the Leaving Care Act 2000. We support them to build stable and successful independent adult lives by supporting them to access housing, education/employment, health, leisure activities, stable relationships and support networks. We also support them to achieve financial stability.
We work with over 440 young people in a team which includes over 30 staff members. We are a vibrant and enthusiastic team looking for new people to join us! This year over 13% of our Young People went to University- we want to build on our successes!
What will you’re role be?
It’s a role where you will have a caseload of young people for whom you are their allocated Personal Advisor. You will be based at the Team Office in Lavender Hill (SW11) where we undertake both outreach and in-office work with young people under the Leaving Care Act 2000 and the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
You will see those young people regularly both at home and at the office/college/in the community and you will support them to develop a really robust and detailed Pathway Plan that helps them achieve their goals.
The successful candidate will spend every day supporting young people to achieve their goals and build a successful independent life in the community which will include some group activities at times as well as individual work.
To be shortlisted your CV and personal statement will demonstrate:
- That you can handle challenges and that you are committed to achieving positive outcomes for young people who have been Looked After
- That you have experience working with young people who have been Looked After and that you have a good working knowledge of key legislation like the Leaving Care Act 2000
- You must have strong assessment and report writing skills and must have experience of working with Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures.
- That you are motivated innovator who is committed to anti-discriminatory practice and who has experience managing challenging adolescent behaviours.
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
- Closing Date: 11:59pm on Sunday 19th July 2020
- Shortlisting Date: Week Commencing 20th July 2020
- Interview Date: Wednesday 29th July 2020
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.
We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
How to apply?
To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must address the requirements listed in attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Nora Dudley by email email@example.com